Radioactive Decay is when an unstable nucleus gives off particles and energy
The are three kinds of radioactive decay, Alpha decay, Beta decay, and Gamma decay
Alpha Decay is the release of an alpha particle from a nucleus. An alpha particle is made up of two protons and two neutrons with mass number of 4. mass number is the sum of the umbers of protons and neutrons.
Beta Decay is the release of a beta particle from a nucleus. A Beta particle can be an electron or a positron. an electron has a charge of -1, a positron has a charge of +1. The mass number of a beta particle is 0 because it has no protons or neutrons.
Gamma Rays are high energy in the form of light emitted during alpha decay and beta decay. Gamma decay occurs when particles in the nucleus shift places. Gamma decay alone does not cause one element to change into another element.
What about Gamma?
Decay means the spontaneous transformation of an unstable atomic nucleus into a lighter one, in which radiation is released in the form of alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays, and other particles.
Carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon, a radioactive isotope of carbon. ... C undergoes radioactive decay. Measuring the amount of 14.
Radioactive Decay can be used for many things and one of them is Carbon-14 dating.